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Feasibility Study to be developed for project of ‘Improving rail access to seaports of Szczecin and Świnoujście – PREPARATION’

Until 2015, a feasibility study is expected to be developed for the investment project of 'Improving rail access to seaports of Szczecin and Świnoujście – PREPARATION'. It should open the way for building and rebuilding of the rail infrastructure improving access to the ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście in 2014-2020. It is important since the rail infrastructure is a part of the TEN-T network.

To make it happen, PKP PLK SA and the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority signed an agreement late September this year. The agreement defines conditions for cooperation while developing the Feasibility Study. It was decided that the two parties will cooperate under the project; PKP PLK SA will apply for EU funding for the project and will play the role of a beneficiary, whereas the Seaports Authority will provide consultation, express opinions and deliver documentation pertaining to ports activity and will act as a supporting partner. The Study will comprise socio-economic forecast, and marketing, technical, and environmental analyses and draft applications for funding.

The Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaport Authority has been implementing a wide range of investment projects improving infrastructure in the ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście. In the 2007-2013 EU budget period, the Seaports Authority implemented projects worth over PLN610 million. Estimated value of projects planned in 2014-2020 is nearly PLN695 million. However, apart from investment in improving infrastructure in the port, improving access to the port is crucial for port's development. For this reason, the Seaports Authority has been closely cooperating with companies responsible for particular elements of the access infrastructure – both from water and land side.

In terms of rail access to the ports, the Seaports Authority and PKP PLK SA considered that it was necessary to focus on joint activity aimed at modernizing rail infrastructure leading to the ports. The investment eliminates bottle necks in cargo transport at the border stretch of E-59/C-E59 transport routes and creates conditions for the development of intermodal transport. It is necessary considering the key role of rail transport in the EU and Polish transport policies, as well as new standards in rail transport technologies and growing cargo handling potential in the ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście.